The task, it seems, is to find the few rotten apples that somehow manage to bring an entire system into disrepute.Well, since that seems to be the 'Guardian' approach to every social worker scandal that winds up with a dead child and a lot of social workers suddenly looking shifty, why not?
In every case, the figure of the rogue is evoked to apportion blame and ask for forgiveness. It's always just one or two rogue individuals, states or institutions that emerge as the unique source of blame for an entire system's failure. The rogue is blamed but ultimately the system that produces it is forgiven.
Is that sauce you've been serving to the goose suddenly too bitter for the gander?